Auditory processing is an umbrella term that encompasses how the auditory pathway gleans information from signals received by the ear(s). The processing of arriving signals begins at the pinna and advances throughout the auditory pathways, continuing all the way to the auditory cortex – with connections and processing coursing back to the ears. The purpose of these complex pathways seems to be to: perceive, identify, discriminate, recognise, and localise signals received at the ear(s). In other words, audiologists need to not only evaluate a person’s ability to perceive auditory signals (hearing) but also determine their ability to process such signals; particularly when heard in noise towards facilitating communication. The role of auditory processing and its relevance is conveyed here by several leading researchers, from different countries, in English and their own native languages.
Prof Juan Zhang, Director of hearing center, deputy director of Otology Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Department, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
Associate Professor Josee Lagace, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Dr Heba Ghannoum, Lecturer of Audiovestibular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Helwan University, Otorhinolaryngology Department, Cairo, Egypt
Prof Ningyu Wang, Head of Otorhinolaryngology &Head and Neck Surgery Department, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
Professor Vanaja CS, Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Bharati Vidyapeeth University School of Audiology & Speech language, Pune, India
Heba Ghannoum, Lecturer of Audiovestibular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Helwan University, Otorhinolaryngology Department, Cairo, Egypt
Dr Joaquin Valderrama, Research Scientist, National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney, Australia [Audio in Spanish]
Dr N Shivashankar
Former Professor & Head, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and, Associate Dean (Neurosciences), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences,
Consultant Apollo Hospital, Karnataka, India.
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